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The Archive of the Forgotten

(Hell's Library #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,536 ratings  ·  292 reviews
In the second installment of this richly imagined fantasy adventure series, a new threat from within the Library could destroy those who depend upon it the most.

The Library of the Unwritten in Hell was saved from total devastation, but hundreds of potential books were destroyed. Former librarian Claire and Brevity the muse feel the loss of those stories, and are trying to
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Ace
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chai ♡
October is the perfect month to retreat back into the story of runaway books, fallen angels, disgraced former librarians, and a library of arcane horrors. Full review to come.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
↠ 4 stars

We're back with our funky librarian gang, and I couldn't be more exited about it. The Archive of the Forgotten is the second book in the Hell's Library series, which I fell in love with earlier this summer. I really can't ask for more than a library in hell filled with all the unwritten stories in the world, and a librarian tasked with caring for them. For those of you who don't remember, characters can attempt to escape their stories and gain agency, as seen with our favorite disaster
I need this yesterday.
rachel ☾
#1) The Library of the Unwritten ★★★★★

my pre-order arrived two minutes ago so you can bet i'm about to reread The Library of the Unwritten and marathon this series. let's hope my heart survives 😭

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Maja Ingrid
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, the-faves
4,5 but rounded up to 5

Even though I started it on Friday, and today is Monday, it technically only took me two days to read this one, since Friday I only read 20 pages and nothing Saturday, 190-ish yesterday and the rest today. Haven't had the opportunity to devour a book like this in a while and honestly my soul is thriving right now.

If you love books, this series is for you.
Misunderstandings are part of life. Especially when you are dealing with family. And like most urban fantasies, Hell's Library involves a chosen family, centred around the former librarian, Claire. But Claire is now the Arcanist in charge of Hell's archives, the Muse Brevity has been promoted to Librarian, and each has an assistant: the former book character Hero in the Library and fallen angel Ramiel in the Archives.

All of these changes happened during a turbulent period (see book one) and it
The Nerd Daily
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Sarah Campsall

The Archive of The Forgotten is the second instalment in AJ Hackwith’s Hell’s Library trilogy. If you haven’t read the first, The Library of The Unwritten, then you’ll want to read that one first! If you have a love of books, and enjoy fantasies, myths, the underworld, and thoughtful stories, then I highly recommend this imaginative new series.

The Archive of The Forgotten picks up where The Library of The Unwritten ended. It deals
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hero 😭😭😭😭🤧🤧🤧🤧🥺🥺🥺🥺
re-read (13/11/20) because its my new comfort series T_T)
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ahhhh where do I start?? I loved the first book, and the sequel was just as good as the first book. We pick up where The Library of the Unwritten left off, and our characters are learning how to deal with the choices and mistakes they made in book 1. I said it in my review of the first book and I'll say it again here - I don't think this is the most plot-driven novel. If you are s
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books were a kind of magic everywhere.

This is a love letter to books and chosen families which alone makes this a treasure. But put together with the extraordinary writing and characters that touch the reader with finding themselves, finding their way, their struggle...
Especially Hero and Ramiel (do I ship? HELL YEAH!) are two fluffballs who deserves every good thing that comes their way. Claire and Brev were more likeable in the first book, but they made some progress towards the ending th
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
"The purpose for stories is what readers will make of them. But the reason, the desperate need, is a splinter in the author alone. A good story gets under your skin, because that's where all good stories start. —Librarian Bjorn the Bard, 1313 CE"

The Archive of the Forgotten picks up not long after the close of the first book, The Library of the Unwritten. And as far as sequels go, this one was simply wonderful to read. Never did it feel stretched too far or too thin in order to create a sequel t
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I absolutely loved A.J. Hackwith’s The Library of the Unwritten published last year and have been waiting for its sequel since!
I’m thrilled that The Archive of the Forgotten is a solid sequel following Hell’s former and current librarians, Claire and Brevity. Readers witness the aftermath of the loss of hundreds of stories that happened at the end of book one and the struggle of Claire and Brevity awkwardly adjusting to their new roles in the Library and Arcane Wing.

When Claire is “infected” wit
Geonn Cannon
I wish I was giving this a much higher score. I loved the first one, but this is a very generous three-star. I was nowhere near as engaged with any of the stories in this book. It felt like three separate short stories, each one focusing on a different main character, tied together by a thin thread, and none of them felt substantial enough for a full novel. I also really, really disliked the narrator's voice. Narrating was fine, but the voices she gave to Brevity and Probity were so cutesy and c ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Archive of the Forgotten (Hell's Library #2) by A.J. Hackwith is an outstanding follow up to The Library of the Unwritten. I adored the first book in the trilogy and I couldn't wait to give it a try. I can't believe I got approved for this ARC via NetGalley. Luckily for me, I loved this sequel just as much as the first installment in this planned trilogy. It's easily one of my favorite reads of the year. It's so good to see Cl
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The Archive of the Forgotten is the second installment in author A.J. Hackwith's Hell's Library series. This story actually revolves around (4) key characters: Claire Hadley, the disgraced former librarian of the Unwritten Wing, who is now overseeing the Arcane Wing of Hell; Ramiel, fallen Angel, Guardian, shepherd of souls, and assistant to Claire; Hero, the character that broke his own book, and assistant to Brevity; Brevity, former Muse
So far, 2021 has been a year of forgettable, underwhelming reads. Worse than that, I started to slowly spiral down into a deep, hateful reading slump. And then, like the Sun after a thunderstorm, like an oasis in the middle of the desert, like the brightest star through a telescope, the sequel to one of my favorite books on Earth finally dropped into my lap and single-handedly saved me from utter despair.

Where should I even begin?

Unlike other series, I wasn't really afraid of starting this secon
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
anyone who followed me while I was reading the first book in this series knows I LOVED it, and so I was nervous to read this one in case it wasn’t as good (especially since I wasn’t sure a sequel was necessary). BUT I’m happy to report that I was wrong and, while I enjoyed this slightly less than book one, it’s a great sequel that justifies its existence and expands on the worldbuilding and character development from the first book. RTC!
the library of the unwritten is one of my all time favourites but the sequel is...not.

there are many things i like about this book in theory (like the ink plot and a certain coupling) but the execution wasn't good. (view spoiler)
Lizzie Rhoades
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I absolutely loved the first one, but I think this one is better! The banter and the family formation was too beautiful to stand. I really like that Hackwith has not attempted to soften Claire's character, she's retained all of her hard edges but as she develops her sharper ones are sanded down. I feel the same way about all of the characters, there's never a moment where you're not sure which one is speaking because the author never melded these characters in any way. Claire, Hero, Brevity and ...more
Abby Salter
Thank you Netgalley for an arc of this book.
2.5 stars.

I am so disappointed! I absolutely loved The Library of the Unwritten; it was one of my favourite books of 2020. Unfortunately The Archive of the Forgotten did not live up to my expectations and I was really close to DNFing at the 40% mark.

I found the first half of this book quite clunky and slow paced. The plot lines all felt disjointed with a tenuous central thread bringing them together.
The second half of the book is much better paced a
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group for an arc in exchange for a review.

I will admit, not as good as the first one but still a solid sequel that kept me entertained throughout.

It was so nice to return to these characters and discover more about their lives and see how they grow and adapt as the story changes.

And you thought the first book was slow burn? Boy, you are in for a treat with this one. There's so much I want to discuss but major spoilers so I won't of course.

I'm just in
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libraries
Once again, don't really care about the plot, but the worldbuilding, characters, and chapter epigraphs are too good to miss out on. ...more
Seema Rao
Oh, sophomore syndrome
Ariel (ariel_reads)
Thank you Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!

A solid sequel, The Archive of the Forgotten delves into new aspects of the world that A. J. Hackwith created in The Library of the Unknown. It felt marvelous to return to the beloved characters, and just like the first book, this is a book you can cozily curl up and immerse yourself in a The Good Place meets Good Omens premise. The first half of the book seems a little slow but the final half of
actual rating: 3.5

It was a little bit harder for me to get into this one than the first book but I think that is just a recurring theme with everything going on this year and it was still an enjoyable read overall. The audio narrator was good and I liked all the voices she used except maybe the one for Probity [some valley girl voice is fine but I felt like she really went over the top at weird moments and it kind of ruined the mood sometimes}. I really loved the Hero and Ramiel stuff though, th
Alyson Kent
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up because while the first half dragged a little, the second half was a whirlwind. Love these characters and this world. I don’t want to wait for the third one!

I also would like to beg for a copy of the Unwritten Wing’s logbook. Bet that’s fascinating to read.

Thanks to both Edelweiss and Netgalley for the ARC.
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to the entrancing The Library of the Unwritten has more character depth but slightly less magic. Oh, there's still plenty, but the adventure is a little closer to home (Hell's Library) this time.

The characters are fantastic, and it felt...soothing, almost, to rejoin them in this second book. The cold Claire, academic and professional. The bubbly Brevity, all colour and light, who works hard to avoid conflict even at cost to herself. The angel Ramiel, stoic and reassuring. And my favou
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Since book one things aren't going well in the Library of the Unwritten, relationships have become frayed, sides have been taken, and grudges are being nursed. When a large pool of unexplained ink appears in the Arcane wing the cracks start to widen further, but it will take a combined effort from everyone to solve this mystery. I really enjoyed the first in this series but the second book beautifully builds on the characters and their relationships. The story was great, the mystery intriguing a ...more
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A. J. Hackwith is (almost) certainly not an ink witch in a hoodie. She's a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle, and writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writer's workshop and her work appears in Uncanny Magazine and assorted anthologies. Summon A.J. at your own peril with an arcane circle of fountain pens and classic RPGs, or you c ...more

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“They burn them first, the stories. Humans always come for the stories first. It’s their warm-up, before they start burning other humans. It’s their first form of control, to burn the libraries, to burn the books, to burn the archives of a culture. Humans are the stories they tell. If you want to destroy your enemy, destroy their stories. Even if the people survive, it will be as if they never existed at all.” 2 likes
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